CSIRO Staff Association welcomes appointment of David Thodey as CSIRO Board Chair

Thodey_300The union representing staff at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation  (CSIRO) has welcomed the appointment of Mr David Thodey as the new Chair of the Board of CSIRO for the next five years.

Minister for Industry and Science Ian Macfarlane has announced that Mr Thodey will join the Board in November, taking up the vacancy created by the departure of Simon McKeon.

Mr Thodey is the former Chief Executive Officer of Telstra from May 2009 to April 2015.

CSIRO Staff Association Secretary Sam Popovski welcomed the announcement.

“The Staff Association welcomes the appointment of Mr Thodey. CSIRO continues to suffer the effects of heavy cuts to funding, jobs and research and alongside new Chief Executive Larry Marshall, the challenge for Mr Thodey is to provide leadership and repair confidence.

“Staff morale at CSIRO remains low, with the workforce reeling from the loss of 1 in five jobs over the past two years,” Mr Popovski said.

Mr Popovski said that Mr Thodey would also face challenges in protecting staff against the Government’s push to cut CSIRO working conditions and championing the cause of scientific integrity within political and policymaking circles.

Mr Popovski also paid tribute to former CSIRO Chair Mr Simon McKeon whose term expired in June and was not renewed by the Federal Government.

“Mr McKeon certainly experienced the highs and lows during his time as Chair of the CSIRO Board. He was a dedicated and approachable advocate for CSIRO and the Staff Association thanks him for his service,” Mr Popovski said.

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